The Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP) was evaluated as a means to increase watershed surveys in New Jersey. Groups were trained in an SVAP modified for New Jersey streams. Participants in three training workshops were surveyed to determine the usefulness of SVAP as a cost-effective method to evaluate watershed health. Many respondents found that the workshops were helpful due to the "hands-on" aspect and the combination of classroom and field components to the training. Additional technical support and follow up to the trainings was essential to achieve the program's objective of getting additional groups collecting information on watershed health.
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Obropta, C. C., Yergeau, S. E., & Giacalone, K. (2011). Training Organizations in Use of a Modified Stream Visual Assessment Protocol. The Journal of Extension, 49(5), Article 32. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.05.32